CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR PAPERS
2014 Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 11-14 February 2014
Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2013
ANZASA at Fifty: Old Stories and New Beginnings
Fifty years have passed since the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association held its first biennial conference in Melbourne. The passage of time has witnessed great change in the field of American Studies in Australasia. Early ANZASA conferences had no concurrent sessions and history dominated. Of the seventeen papers published in the proceedings of the second ANZASA conference, just three were by non-historians. The history, moreover, was heavy on politics, diplomacy and economics. In contrast, the most recent ANZASA conference in Brisbane featured twenty-one concurrent sessions, with papers almost evenly divided between history, on the one hand, and literature, film, television, dance, and art, on the other. Yet some things have remained the same. What Professor Merle Curti of the University of Wisconsin wrote of the first ANZASA conference in 1964 still applies: “varying cultural backgrounds can result in fertile insights and interpretations of American materials and problems.”
ANZASA’s fiftieth anniversary conference will be held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, 11-14 February 2014. The conference organizers welcome all proposals in the field of American Studies. We especially encourage papers which take advantage of the opportunity that a fiftieth anniversary offers to reflect on the development of American Studies as a field for research and teaching in Australasia and in the world.
Proposals may be submitted in the form of single papers, complete panels, workshops, roundtables, or teaching sessions. Each proposal should include a title and abstract of 250-300 words for each paper or presentation. Proposals should also include a one-page curriculum vita and contact information for each participant.
Please submit one (1) copy of the proposal by 30 September 2013, preferably by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals can also be sent by regular mail to: Russell L. Johnson, Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand. Regular mail submissions should be postmarked by the 30 September 2013 deadline.
For more information on the conference, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Anzasa2014Conference or contact the conference organizers at email@example.com. For more information on the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association, visit the ANZASA website at http://www.anzasa.arts.usyd.edu.au.
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